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What the West Needs to Know About the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

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Zoe Romanowsky - published on 06/07/15 - updated on 06/07/17

So in the case of Christian persecution, the Administration dismisses it. When the Egyptian Copts were killed, the White House said they were sorry Egyptian citizens were killed. Well, that’s ridiculous, of course they were Egyptian citizens, but they were killed because they were Christians. The pope said they were specifically killed because they were Christians. I’d like to say. "Mr. President, the pope said the Egyptian Copts were specifically killed because of their faith, do you agree or disagree, yes or no?" But nobody, is asking that. Which is pathetically sad. 

ZR: What is the most important thing you want people in the West to know about Christianity in the Middle East?

GM: I spent 17 years in the Catholic educational system, and have a degree in Thomistic philosphy, and I’m 62 years-old. Our mentality was that the Church was the West; it was Rome. But we forget that the Church began in the Middle East, in Antioch, and Christians and Jews were there 600 years before the Muslims arrived. People are always surprised to learn that there are so many Christians in the Middle East, but we’ve been there for 2,000 years.

I’m hoping we can awaken the West and remind them that their roots are in the Middle East; that western civilization is built on Judeo-Christian traditions. The basis of that tradition is that every person is made in the image of God and has a worth and what we’re seeing in the Middle East is that Christians are being described as non-persons and wiped off the face of the earth. We have to wake up the West to take take responsibility and do something about it. 

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